Dec. 30, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 2013 Southern Scuffle welcomes in 25 wrestling programs from around the nation, including four teams that placed in the top-5 in the 2012 NCAA Championships. Penn State, Minnesota, and Cornell all participated in last year's tournament, with Penn State winning the team title along with four individual brackets. Missouri's former Big 12 rival Oklahoma State will make their program debut in this year's tournament. The USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll ranks Penn State, Oklahoma State, and Minnesota 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, with Cornell coming in at number-8. Missouri is tied for the six-spot with Illinois.
This year's Scuffle will feature 34 wrestlers ranked in the top-10 nationally with five ranking atop their weight class. The Tigers have participated in the event for the past, taking third in last year's tournament. They won the team title the 2006-07 campaign.
Wrestling kicks off on New Years Day at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn. It will continue on January 2nd with the semifinals and finals. 2013 will mark the second year that the Scuffle will be held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The event migrated to UTC from its previous location at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
ON THE MAT
No. 2 Alan Waters: The junior from Kansas City is a perfect 16-0 in 2012 with first place wins at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas and the Joe Parisi Open at Lindenwood University. Has the best winning percentage among current Mizzou starters with an 84-11 career record.
No. 6 Nathan McCormick: The senior-captain holds a 15-1 record, with the only loss coming against No. 1-ranked Logan Steiber of Ohio State at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite. McCormick is ranked 2nd in the 133-pound bracket in this year's Scuffle.
No. 23 Nicholas Hucke
: The 141-pound grappler is coming off a big win against Cornell's Mike Nevinger at the Grapple at the Garden. Hucke is 6-5 on the season.
No. 18 Drake Houdashelt: Sophomore 149-pounder coming in with an 11-5 record. Faced off in the finals at the Joe Parisi Open against Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver where he lost by major decision.
No. 27 Kyle Bradley: Junior with a team-leading six wins by major decision.
No. 12 Zach Toal: 11-6 record this season including two losses against the No. 1-ranked Kyle Dake of Cornell. Most recently, Dake defeated Mizzou's Toal 4-0 at Madison Square Garden.
No. 16 Todd Porter: Undefeated in dual meets and a 14-4 season record. Has a team-leading 26 takedowns in seven dual bouts.
No. 8 Mike Larson: Mizzou's senior from California is coming off a 1-1 effort at the inaugural Grapple at the Garden. Larson finished in 2nd place at the Cliff Keen Invite after losing in the finals to No. 6 Josh Ihnen of Nebraska.
No. 10 Brent Haynes: Defending 197-pound champion at the 2012 Southern Scuffle. The senior is five wins shy of 100 career wins.
No. 2 Dom Bradley: A perfect 17-0 on the year, Bradley leads the team in wins. Has a chance to face off against Tony Nelson of Minnesota in a match up that could be a preview for the NCAA Championship at heavyweight.
Follow the Tigers live during this year's Southern Scuffle. Flowrestling will have live video streaming on both days. For more information and links to sign up, click on this link.
Trackwrestling will also have live scoring for each match. Visit trackwrestling.com and search `Southern Scuffle' in the search bar.
As always, follow everything Mizzou Wrestling on our social media sites, either on Facebook or on Twitter, @MizzouWrestling. Use the hashtag #letsscuffle this New Year's Day to chime in on the conversation!